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Hoosier Youth Chronic Conditions and Disabilities

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a disability is any condition of the body or mind that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities and interact with the world around them.

Youth with disabilities face resource and achievement gaps both educationally and economically. The social inequalities and resource inequities for Hoosier youth with disabilities can affect their health, future success, and overall well-being.

Developmental screenings help identify children experiencing difficulties with developmental milestones and may benefit from early intervention services

  • 32.2% of Indiana parents received a development screening of their child ages 9 to 35 months in 2019. This is lower than the national rate.

  • 8.7% of children ages 3 to 17 had a speech or language disorder in 2019, which is also higher than the national percentage rate.

To learn more about chronic conditions and disabilities for our Hoosier youth, read the 2022 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book (page 94, click here. >

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